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Title: [Letter] 1839 Mar. 7, Cumberland County, V[irgini]a [to] Mr. A[dam] Fergusson, Carthage, Tennessee / William Walker : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Walker, William

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Date: March 7, 1839
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter dated March 7, 1839, from William Walker in Cumberland County, Virginia to Adam Fergusson in Carthage, TN. Walker, a Whig, writes about political matters, and he apparently was not aware that Fergusson was an active democrat for he expresses his disapproval for democrats such as Van Buren and Polk. He also includes a short biography about himself, in which he relates some of his experiences in the Revolutionary War, and he mentions the monetary value of his slaves.
Collection:Fergusson Papers
Box: IV-G-1 b5

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Cumberland County Va [Virginia] March 7th 1839

Your letter of the 2nd Decr. [December] 1838 was not received until the 2nd Inst. [Instant] This delay was produced by its being sent to the Court House, where I have not been for the last five years, and by its falling into the hands of a Loco foco [Locofoco] Post Master, who, although it was marked "PAID" was unwilling to give it up until he was paid. I expect some of [added: my] grand-sons will pull this sub-treasurer's nose. Should you have any further correspondence with me, direct to "Raine's Tavern Cumberland Va" to which place I send every Wednesday and Saturday and get every thing brought for me by the mail PAID or not paid. You will observe from the dates of the papers that I have lost no time in dispatching the business since it came into my hands, and [added: I hope] I have done it to your [added: satisfaction]

Here follows a short history of the old man's life.

I am one of the old Revolutioners [Revolutionaries] of '76 and in the course of the War_ including skirmishes_ was in ten battles. I was one of the forlorn hope who took the Hessians at Trenton on the 28th December 1776. I am now making my 83rd year and have been a Baptist going on 54 years. I have my coffin and my shrowding [shrouding] clothes ready and am waiting for death as you would wait for a beloved friend, and can heartily join the apostle Paul in saying, "for me to live is Christ but to die is gain." If there is any thing to [gap] in this world [gap]

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to see the milk that I helped to dra [gap] of the pail. Being an old soldier, I feel assured that I should be welcomed to a seat, at your 4th July celebration, were I in Tennessee ; but, as I cannot be there I trust that some permanent whig (yourself, if you be such) will gratify me so far as to the present to the company, the two following toasts, from an old Revolutionary soldier of the Virginia line.

1st. "Uncompromising hostility to Van Buren , and all the Expungers."

2nd. I observe you are about to run Polk for Governor. "I give my vote for him to be camp [unclear: cullyman ] and let his occupation be_ to lead the corporal's dog to s__t."

You may also, _if you choose, present the following _ " White , Bell , Bailie Peyton and the whole band of Tennessee Whigs_ They have made a glorious struggle in a trying hour, for which they have my warmest gratitude."

Please to present my compliments to my Brother's widow and family, and say to them, that our family connexions [connections] are generally well_ that James Blanton has recently lost his oldest daughter, the wife of my grand-son Anderson Walker . Say also that I have, now living, twenty-five great grand children_ that the negros which I brought from your state, when there in 1820, (a man, his wife and four children) now number 18 and would sell now, in this state, for $15,000.

I am respectfully &c [et cetera] yours
William Walker

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[gap] clerk sent me word that I should be at no expense, in the transaction of your business, as you had sent him more than enough to pay fees &c which he has still in his hands.

W. W. [William Walker]

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[added: (W. W.) Double]

Raine's Tavern Va.11 Mar. [March]
Mr A. [Adam] Fergusson Carthage Tennessee
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